The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Information

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a 2018 American fantasy adventure film directed by Lasse Hallstrm and Joe Johnston and written by Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy. It is a retelling of E. T. A. Hoffmann's short story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" and Marius Petipa's The Nutcracker Ballet, about a young girl who finds a Nutcracker doll among the family's gifts and is charged by her parents to take special care of it. The film stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman.

The film was announced in March 2016 with Hallstrm directing a script by Powell. Much of the cast signed on that summer, and filming began in October at Pinewood Studios, lasting through January 2017. In December 2017, it was announced Joe Johnston would direct a month of reshoots written by Tom McCarthy, with both men eventually receiving co-credits for directing and screenplay, respectively.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms premiered in Los Angeles on October 29, 2018, and is scheduled to be released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in the United States on November 2, 2018, in Real D 3D and Dolby Cinema.




On March 4, 2016, the project was first announced, which stated that Walt Disney Pictures was developing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, with Lasse Hallstrm set to direct, continuing its model of developing classic fairy tales. The project is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann, with Ashleigh Powell on board to write the script.


In July 2016, Mackenzie Foy, Misty Copeland, and Morgan Freeman joined the cast. In August 2016, Keira Knightley and Helen Mirren joined the cast. In September 2016, Ellie Bamber joined the cast. In October 2016, Miranda Hart joined the cast. In March 2017, Eugenio Derbez confirmed that he had been cast in the film. Later, it was revealed that Jack Whitehall had joined the cast.


Filming began in October 2016 in South Kensington and Pinewood Studios in England, and wrapped in late January 2017. In December 2017, it was reported that Joe Johnston would helm 32 days of reshoots, scripted by Tom McCarthy, due to Hallstrm being unavailable. Hallstrm would still oversee post-production. It was later revealed that Hallstrm and Johnston had voluntarily decided to receive a joint directorial credit for the film. The production had a total budget of about $132.9 million, including spending $109.6 million (85.6 million) in the UK.


The music was adapted from Tschaikovsky's Nutcracker by James Newton Howard. Gustavo Dudamel conducted the orchestra, while Lang Lang was the piano soloist. Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo contributed the song "Fall on Me" for the film, which premiered on Dancing with the Stars' "Disney Night" on October 22, 2018.


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to be released on November 2, 2018 in 2D and Real D 3D by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, replacing the original date set for Disney's live adaptation of Mulan. The teaser trailer was released on December 19, 2017. Another trailer was released August 8, 2018. Two days later, on August 10, 2018, a sneak peek of the film aired on Disney Channel during a new episode of Andi Mack. There was also a trailer that first came out in theatres with showings of Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Christopher Robin before going online on September 4 of that year.

Box office projections

In the United States and Canada, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms will be released alongside Nobody's Fool and Bohemian Rhapsody, and is projected to gross $23-26 million in its opening weekend.

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